Title: Flame of Resistance
Author: Tracy Groot
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: May 18, 2012
Brigitte Durand has had much stolen from her by the Nazi occupation. She lost her family and her freedom. She even lost her hope for a future when she had to turn her home into a Germans-only brothel to survive. All she has to cling to is her patriotism, and she does that by sneaking food to the French Resistance and the downed airmen they’re hiding nearby.
When Tom Jaeger’s plane is shot down by Normandy, he’s picked up by the Resistance. The Resistance convinces him to become a linchpin in their plan to leverage Brigitte’s sympathy. Because he looks do much like a German, they dress him up as a German officer so he can smuggle out critical intel she acquires from other soldiers about the nearby bridge, whose capture and defense is crucial to Allied forces.
As D-Day looms, everybody knows the invasion is imminent. But so is treachery. Loyalties become betrayed and the life of one American pilot jeopardizes everything involving the Resistance. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent, and to a woman who finally has hope for a future, for a future where she isn’t a prostitute, who finally realizes her courage could change the course of history.
Will Brigitte and Tom be able to be able to be together or will the war tear them apart? Will Tom survive the war or will what he’s doing come back and bite him? Will the Resistance make it through the war or will it crumble, from one mistake, before D-Day?
One of my favorite eras to read is WWII. So far, I’ve never been disappointed with one and this book doesn’t change that at all. In fact, this book raises the bar of quality. This book was exactly what I wanted in a World War era book, I just didn’t know it. The author truly has a gift for writing and for keeping a reader hooked by her story. I just hope that this author revisits this era and let’s me enjoy her storytelling once again.
The book focuses more on the history and the acts of the Resistance than the romance of Brigitte and Tom. Which I loved. Normally a romance like the one that this author crafted, wouldn’t normally make much sense, but due to the circumstances the characters went through, a few talks and a kiss seem like it’s enough for romance to bloom. It’s hard to describe just how much this author succeeded at creating this book.
The drama and suspense that is mixed into this book really drew me in from the first page and the author did a fantastic job of making this book a realistic and enjoyable one. The fact that this book was so well written made me definitely want to read more by this author. I can’t wait to see what she does with contemporary novel.
This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I certainly didn’t expect that from this book. I had a feeling it was going to be good I just didn’t know how good it was going to be. Tracy Groot took this genre to a whole new level. I can’t wait to see if this author or other authors will top this. This book reestablished my hope in truly fantastic books and truly fantastic authors.
Overall, I loved this book. It was one of the best books ever. I recommend this for any history buff or anyone who loves the WWII era. I give this book a five out of five.
I received this complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.